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America's Pastimes Now Open

The Historical Society 2016 exhibit, America’s Pastimes: Sports and Recreation in Litchfield, opened to the public on Saturday, April 16. The exhibit highlights the role of sports and recreation in town from its founding to today, showcasing the stories and experiences of Litchfield residents, players, coaches, fans, and enthusiasts. Click here for more information.

Raymond Jacobs: Photographer

This new exhibit features a selection of photographs by Raymond Jacobs that includeslocal Connecticut parades and fairs, celebrity portraits, migrantworkers, and Coney Island, NY subjects. Raymond Jacobs lived in New York and worked as a commercial photographer for many years, before moving to Litchfield in 1982. This exhibit will be on view through July 31, 2016. Photographs and objects generously loaned by Eleanor Jacobs.

Museums Now Free to All!

In our continuing efforts to better serve the Litchfield community we are pleased to announce that admission to the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School are now free to the public. Participate in our shared history! Free admission is generously sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors.

Save the Date!

Our Fall Fundraiser is on Saturday, September 10, 2016. We are raising the roof with a Barn Bash to benefit the educational mission and the Tapping Reeve Landscape Project. To learn more visit the Fundraiser webpage.

New Publication!
A History of the Litchfield Hills Road Race: In Smallness, There Is Beauty

Forty years after two friends brought the joy and excitement of the 1970’s running boom to their hometown of Litchfield, Connecticut, the Litchfield Hills Road Race continues to challenge and delight world-class runners, first-timers, and everyone in between. In celebration of the race’s 40th anniversary, the Litchfield Historical Society is releasing the first comprehensive history of the event Runner’s World Magazine dubbed “The best little race you’ve never heard of.” A History of the Litchfield Hills Road Race: In Smallness, There is Beauty captures the spirit of a beloved community event and the quintessential New England town which embraced it, and serves as a tribute to the race’s creator Joe Concannon, a sportswriter for The Boston Globe who wanted nothing more than to share his hometown and his love of running with the world. Copies of the book are available! E-mail us to place an order or stop by the Museum Shop today.


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Lecture: Game, Set, Style: The History of Tennis Fashion
July 24, 2016
Time: 3:00pm

Guided Tour: America's Pastimes
July 27, 2016
Time: 1:30pm

Guided Tour: Tapping Reeve House and Law School
July 29, 2016
Time: 1:30pm

Mini-Adventures in Sports - Lawn Games New and Old
August 5, 2016
Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Walking Tour: Wolcott and Meadow Streets
August 6, 2016
Time: 10:00am

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